Olmsted County

Addressing the Need for Affordable Housing in Southeast Minnesota

From KAAL-TV: Affordable housing is a topic on the minds of many local leaders, and as Rochester and Southeast Minnesota continues to grow that topic is a top priority.“Workforce development is a huge issue for our entire economic region," said Steve Borchardt with the Rochester Area Foundation. Concerned members of the public, city leaders and… More

GMHF releases Olmsted County Housing Framework

The 2016-2020 Housing Framework is the result of a multi-year, community-based planning process jointly led by Olmsted County and Rochester Area Foundation. These and other community partners are already taking steps to address the area's affordable housing shortage. The 2016-2020 Housing Framework presents "high," "medium," and "low" goal options for accelerating affordable housing production in… More

John Errigo, GMHF Syndication & Loan Officer

City to study affordable housing options

The Rochester City Council on Monday took action to hire a consultant firm, Grounded Solutions Network, to provide recommendations on an inclusionary housing policy. The firm has provided consultations to more than 50 U.S. cities and organizations, according to a proposal it submitted to the city April 15. Olmsted County housing staff and a representative… More

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Our view: We need broader housing discussion

As John Errigo of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund reviewed findings from a recent study conducted by the former Cornerstone Partnership, he noted discussions with developers indicated support for inclusionary housing policies. Such policies would create more clarity, reduce time for gaining approvals and level the playing field for projects. However, it raised a question… More

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Uncertainty as city, county seek affordable housing

Creating an inclusionary housing policy could help the city of Rochester and Olmsted County encourage affordable housing development in the region, but both local government bodies are hesitant to move forward before further studying the effects of such a policy. The Rochester City Council, Olmsted County Board of Commissioners, staffs of each agency and outside… More

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